The winner of this year’s Edge Hill University Short Story Prize will be announced at a glittering ceremony at the Bluecoat on Thursday 3rd July 2008. The first prize winner will receive £5,000, together with a stunning glass work made by award-winning Wirral based artist Amanda Notarianni. The second prize winner and the readers’ prize winner will receive £1,000 respectively.

Unusually, the readers’ prize is judged primarily by Get Into Reading, an organisation that gives people who might not normally think of joining a reading group, a chance to enjoy stories and poems together. In a typical week Get Into Reading works with recovering drug abusers, elderly people in day centres, young homeless men, full-time carers, isolated young mums, and people with mental health or other chronic illnesses. Even those who cannot read have been encouraged to participate in the judging, with the stories being read aloud.

The shortlisted collections are Old Devil Moon by Christopher Fowler, The People on Privilege Hill by Jane Gardam, Walk the Blue Fields by Claire Keegan, Tiny Deaths by Robert Shearman and The Separate Heart by Simon Robson.

The Edge Hill Prize is awarded annually by Edge Hill University for excellence in a published single author short story collection. The first award was bestowed on Colm Tóibín for Mothers and Sons in 2007. The other 2007 shortlisted authors were Neil Gaiman, Jackie Kay, Nicholas Royle and Tamar Yellin.

For more information on this year’s shortlisted authors, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/shortstory.